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Category Archives: Construction

Guest Post: DIY Dress Form

posted on 12/9/2013, by

My name is Melissa Taylor Jenkins, owner and designer of the clothing brand Katastrophic.  I’ve been following Madalynne for a while now – I absolutely love that it’s a blog for people who want to sew their own beautiful and well crafted clothing. A few weeks ago, I mentioned to Maddie that I had built  Continue Reading »

Dear Maddie: Altering Garments

posted on 11/18/2013, by

In my opinion, both altering a garment and making one from scratch requires skill. One is not harder than the other, rather, each one requires different techniques and methods. Also, each one is suited for different types of sewers. While one sewist loves bringing life to a worn and outdated garment, another hates messing with  Continue Reading »

My Natural Dye Process and Tips

posted on 11/6/2013, by

Bramaking: The Point of Most Strain

posted on 09/18/2013, by

Along with understanding the difference between a partial band bra and a full band bra, the concept of “point of most strain” was something that took me a long time to wrap my head around, but by reading and rereading Beverly Johnson’s manual, it finally sunk in and and stuck. I spent so much time  Continue Reading »













      Did you hear that I'm teaching an online bra making class? In 1 hour, I walk you through constructing a bra from start to finish, and I'll cover choosing a bra pattern, finding your size, tracing and cutting tips and construction. Click HERE to sign up now! If you can't attend the class, I will be teaching it in person this winter here in Philadelphia; EMAIL ME to be put on the waiting list.

       

      MORGAN joined the matchy matchy club and made a coordinating set. A little linen ensemble, it's a surefire victory.

       

      What are your favorite films for inspiration? SARAI and the ladies and Colette Patterns discuss.

       

      Even though Oonapallooza is over, MARCE is stunning us once again in another spectacular dress. Stop it, you're making us look bad!

       

      NOVITA inspired me 2 and a 1/2 years ago to get into bra making and she's done it again by constructing a sports bra. Not just any sports bra, but a hot pink sports bra.

       

      Totally loving KATE'S blouse back tee.

       

      DEVON is hosting a fabric stash sale on Instagram. How genius of her, right?! Give her leftover fabrics a loving new home @missmake_destash

       

      I'm not the only one who made a pair of pants recently. RACHEL made the ultimate summer trousers.

       

      On the subject of pants, KATIE made not one pair, but 3! And she offers a tutorial for how to fix a fly zipper. Now, that's a good blogger and a good seamstress!